This is shaping to be one of the best bets of the weekend!
Manly are paying $1.48 @ Unibet which we think is great value for a team in form and for a side that enjoys playing the NZ WARRIORS.
The Sea Eagles could not have been more impressive in disposing of the defending premiers 35-18 on the road which was their fourth straight win – their best run of the campaign.
New Zealand are still a realistic chance of making the finals and did their chances of making the top eight no harm with a solid 21-14 win over the Bulldogs at Mt Smart Stadium.
EVERYTHING FALLING INTO PLACE
When you look at the stats there is a clear winner here – MANLY.
Trent Barrett’s side has been one of the surprise packets of the season and currently sit fourth on the ladder. Their 9-5 record has been built mainly on road trips where they are an incredible 6-1 with the only loss being to Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium in a game they could have easily won after leading at halftime.
The added benefit for this game is that although they are technically the ‘home’ side, the match is at Perth’s nib Stadium so traveling away from Lottoland should suit Manly.
When looking at the away performances of the Warriors though the picture isn’t so good.
Just 1-6 away from Mt Smart this season, New Zealand have had real struggles trying to perform on the road although they did break their duck for the season a fortnight ago when going to the Gold Coast and beating up the Titans.
SHOOTING FISH IN A BARREL
History is also in the corner of the Sea Eagles in this fixture.
The Northern Beaches outfit has won 18 of the past 22 clashes dating back to 2004 which shows just how much they appreciate playing the Kiwi outfit.
Even though they last time they played, which was back in Round 19 last season, it was a one-point margin to Manly the scores haven’t been close between the sides in recent clashes. There is an average winning margin of 12.4ppg in the past five clashes.
A good form reference for punters is also the fact they have played twice at nib Stadium for which Manly has won both including the game last season which was decided in Golden Point.
We cannot go past Manly here.
They have been impressive right through the entire squad with their forwards providing the backs with much needed time and space to create their magic. One blow is losing young forward Curtis Sironen to a torn peck but we doubt that will stop Manly’s dominance over the Warriors.
New Zealand scored a big and important win last week and that was without Kieran Foran. The top playmaker is back in action this week for the Kiwis and they will need all his guile and nous if they are score a rare win over their opponents.
DALY CHERRY EVANS 1ST TRYSCORER – he has five tries in nine matches against the Warriors